Thomas Jørgensen

Thomas Jørgensen

  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Re: Why things are so expensive to build. This is a general problem, not limited to nuclear power stations, and near as I can tell, it is simply down to most of the western world having really bad doctrine on...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    If the people launching it can calculate the trajectory well enough to hit earth so can everybody else. The issue is that the effort involved in tracking things is just completely miniscule compared to the effort involved in moving things,...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Rockets are hot. Mass drivers are hot - or more specifically, their power sources are. We are putting infrared telescopes well away from earth in the solar system *now* - an industrialized solar system will have them all over the...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Everything that gets launched is going to get watched, that is just traffic control. If one of those rockets sets off to fetch a rock and there is not a use and flightplan for that rock filed in triplicate, you...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    .. So he thinks the Expanse is a documentary? ... That he thinks that is.. uhm. Terrifyingly plausible. "The high ground is an insurmountable strategic advantage" is a trope that has burned itself into the popular consciousness to an absurd...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    ... hilarious future world building: large parts of the solar system is settled, and more or less universally dependent on nuclear fission - the non-mobile bits using a standard staid molten-salts-breeder design, and the rockets using fission fragment designs with...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Oh yes. Random crust is technically a viable ore in terms of energy. Better than coal, even. U is not rare. It is just.. Never going to be economically competitive with asking earth to send you a few tonnes of...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Uranium ores are formed by water flows that contain dissolved oxygen when the flow hits something the uranium wont move through. So anoxic environments likely just do not have good uranium ores at all. On the other hand, high burnup...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    That second use is also an abomination. The world should not conform to the will of the long dead, and if you permit inheritance of fortunes at all, the heirs should most certainly have free disposal of the money....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Basic logic also says that ex-whatevers remain impeachable, due to the doctrine of "Very stupid legal tricks have no place outside fiction", and if resigning your post or running out the clock mooted impeachment proceedings, that would be a very...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    The limit on population growth on a colony is child care and education, not wombs. Nobody is going to want semi feral unsupervised kids running around, that is a good way for population growth to go abruptly negative. And if...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    People who depend on cheap cars today are depending on the second hand market. That is what makes most electric options look so very unaffordable - The tech is too new for there to be much of a second hand...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    One thing I absolutely would include in any near future set novel is 2020 era electrics.. retrofitted with later batteries. Assume one of the players working on solid state lithium crack it. That results in cheaper, much longer lived.. and...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Home solar only decreases grid requirements where air-con is a major - and peak - load. That is Australia sure enough, but a grid which has peak load now - like the one I am using - literally sees zero...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    The alternative to DU is tungsten. Tungsten has animal testing that shows it to be really quite astonishingly carcinogenic, in particular in the forms you would exposed to when it is used in ammo. As in "The researcher refused to...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Not to mention that politics is an entirely sane and reasonable objection to putting your power production in another country you do not have an absolutely rock solid relationship with. RE: Uranium ammo: It is still in use because the...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    You are conflating safety and waste management concerns. All reactors have to contain fission and decay products in the event of accident. This is not what anyone refers to when they speak of nuclear waste as a problem, that refers...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Those are not a waste problem. They are what you need to contain in the event of an accident, which is an entirely separate issue, and one which a salt-reactor handles by just not having them leave the salt on...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    The thorium breeding cycle has less long lived waste, because it does not produce much in the way of transuranics - a very long chain of captures-but-not-fission events has to happen to get any, which means the only things in...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    There is a frighteningly common disconnect here - Wages are demand, modulo some bells and whistles involving the state and its printing presses, but terrifying numbers of politicians and lobbyists work tirelessly to suppress wages, and those same politicians are...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    No, a European would say "Because it is cheaper, and lumber does not go bad nor out of fashion". An ongoing supply line does not care much how long it takes, but it does matter how much it costs, and...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    The issue with amtrak is that it shares rail with freight, and freight takes priority. Even on what would be the natural routes for passenger rail in the US - the seaboard cities, the lines are about freight. Which is...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    It is not the composition, it is the size and thickness of the panes. Ancient glass is blown, which puts an upper size on how large it can be, while modern glass is poured out onto a bath of molten...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    The contract for difference expires at the 35 year mark, and since Sizewell currently looks like it is happening, 89 (2013 pounds). And yes, this entire financing model is nuttier than a squirrels winter hoard, but if you are going...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Well, that was terribly phrased now that I read it again. Okay, the construction cost is an expense to EDF, the strike price is an expense to rate payers, which is set where it is so that EDF can repay...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Gasdive, you do not get to count the construction cost and the strike price which repays that strike cost both, that is straightforward double counting....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Capacity factor, Moz. Hinkley is projected at well over ninety, Benban is 26% of nameplate. So, 16 billion for the equivalent actual output, which is- applying the same correction - slightly worse than Hinkley. And also far, far better than...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Mostly, you are handwaving balance of plant costs away far, far too easily. Let us look at a recent, very large solar plant. Banban solar park, which is in Egypt, which means it has a solar resource ridiculously superior to...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    No. The issue with solar is that overall production counter-correlates with demand on a month by month basis - if you build enough to power the UK in winter within the UK, you will not have a customer for three...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Nah. The linear-bends only construction of the tesla truck is Tesla trying to make it as easy as at all possible to build. Because bending a thick steel plate along a fold is much, much easier than shaping it into...
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